Mirror of Visual Culture: Discussing documentary, Maartje van den Heuvel

In this article, van den Heuvel looks at the phenomenon of documentary images being displayed in art galleries, and whether this actually changes the way we should view documentary. She argues that it has largely come about as a result of “an increased role of the media in how reality is experienced in our western society” combined with an “increased visual literacy” among producers and audiences of images. The idea is that not only are our experiences of the world (reality) being shaped by the media, the media are actually becoming the sole means of our experience – a vicarious substitution or ersatz experience. Continue reading “Mirror of Visual Culture: Discussing documentary, Maartje van den Heuvel”